The Evolution of the US Hemp Industry
American consumer interest in hemp-based products is growing fast. What happened to create the sudden explosion in popularity in US hemp products, and especially CBD?
Hemp has a long history in the United States. It was one of the cash crops grown during colonial times. Many of our early founders grew hemp commercially. At that time, it was used primarily to make rope, paper, and other textiles. In fact, the original drafts of many
of our founding documents were written on hemp paper.
During the 20th century, hemp was placed on the controlled substances list, which destroyed hemp agriculture. Government legislators did not distinguish between the different varieties of hemps. One variety, termed industrial hemp, has extremely low
levels of THC, and can not be used as a psychoactive substance. This is the variety used by American farmers for use in textiles. Another variety of hemp, popularly known as marijuana, had been bred for high levels of THC. In order to ban the use of marijuana, government policy lumped both varieties into one category, shutting down industrial
hemp production in the US
After the ban, any hemp products traded in the United States had to be imported from other countries. Europe became the primary exporter of hemp.
Political movements to support family farms began growing in the late 20th century. Small farmers were struggling, especially with the dominance of tobacco as a cash crop. In 2014, Congress, alongside 30 state legislatures, pushed forward various bills toward the opening of an experimental hemp agricultural program.
Since the opening of the US hemp market, growth has been tremendous. Experts predict that this will become a billion dollar industry by 2020.
What makes this crop so attractive?
Hemp is an incredibly versatile crop and can be grown in a wide variety of climates and soils. There are multiple applications and usages for it as well. Hemp can be converted into clothing, biofuels, plastics, personal care items, food products, nutraceuticals, and more.
Scientific research into potential health benefits of hemp further catapulted this crop into mass popularity.
For years, marijuana users touted the health benefits, but stigma over the psychoactive effects and legal issues blunted any attempt at research. Wholesale hemp dealers
emerged as a business providing a wide range of hemp-based products. With this
opening of the industrial hemp market, researchers were willing to take another look at
this crop to investigate other uses beyond textiles.
CBD is the a chemical inside of hemp that is the clear benefactor of the positive health effects. The World Health Organization has studied the compound and their Expert Committee on Drug Dependence declared CBD safe and well-tolerated without any potential physical dependency.
The promising health benefits of CBD are responsible for the recent rapid growth of the US hemp industry.
CBD has been shown to help improve many areas of health including immunity, joint pain, skin conditions, mood stability just to name a few.
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